As insightful as ever, Magenta offers a refreshing take on colours and shows us how colours and tarot blend together.
is part of our life and existence. Everywhere we look there is colour and even
in our speech, for instance, ‘he saw red’ or ‘green with envy’.
is a vibration of light and we perceive the shades of colour reflected through
the rainbow, or nature’s prism consisting of the primary colours of red, blue
and yellow and blends thereof. Many
people who are visually impaired are able to perceive the vibratory rate of
colours whether it’s in their mind’s eye or through the sense of smell, feel or
sound. Even folks who are colour-blind see colours but in different shades or
intensity than normal colour-sighted people do. An American cousin of mine who is
colour-blind, during his time in the Army was very useful identifying soldiers
in camouflage colours in the jungle as he could see the colours in different
are psychological preferences for certain colours too, often based on
traditional associations with colour – in Western society, brides wear white
and mourners wear black for instance; yet in China, women mourners usually wear
white. We all have favourite colours and colours that we always wear. To Stone
Age man, black berries for instance would have been a potential warning of
carries archetypal or primal elements dating back to antiquity and as the Tarot
comprises of 78 cards in full colour, these colours portray deeper subconscious
messages. Even the early Tarot de
Visconti decks were in colour, albeit muted shades when compared to the Tarot
de Marseilles decks.
looking at the Rider Waite deck Majors, we see particular colours found on each
of the Trumps.
Red = The Chariot, The Tower Keywords = survival instincts, action, security/ aggression, rashness
Orange = The Empress Keywords = liveliness, vibrancy, procreate/overzealous, smothering
Yellow = The Sun Keywords = happiness, mental imagery, self-confidence, love of life/doubting, over exuberance, burn-out
Looking at each Minor card we see a predominant colour or colours on it and the keywords above also apply, although to a slightly lesser degree.
For example, the 8 of Wands is predominantly turquoise, green & brown giving positive keywords of compassion, healing & practical or negatively; bias, stress & lack of control.
the image of three Rider Waite Tarot cards, we have 9 of Pentacles, The Lovers
& 6 of Cups.
main colour on each card is yellow, a happy colour with red the next colour
showing a survival element to the three cards. The Angel on the Lovers wears a
magenta cloak which gives universal harmony. These keywords can also be used in
the interpretation of these cards in a reading.
colours now give another level of interpretation and this may well be why we
are drawn to particular cards or have a dislike of others and which is not
always down to their perceived interpretation either.
an exercise, pull out three (or more) cards randomly from your deck and see
what the colours mean to you.